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Nov 5, 2012

UK PM Cameron visits Gulf, Typhoon jet sales high on agenda

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the Gulf and Middle East on a three-day diplomacy and trade trip this week, his office said on Monday, adding that selling BAE Systems-built fighter jets would be high on the agenda.

Cameron will visit the United Arab Emirates on Monday, and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before travelling to another destination in the Middle East, in a trip his office said “was to help Britain compete and thrive in the global race”.

Nov 2, 2012

Arab Spring jitters complicate British-Gulf ties

LONDON (Reuters) – With billions of dollars worth of deals and vital geostrategic interests at stake, Britain can ill afford to upset its Gulf allies, yet signs are emerging of growing Arab irritation over the issue of human rights.

The Arab Spring has ratcheted up sensitivity in the largely autocratic Gulf region over perceived criticism of how it deals with dissent, making Britain’s efforts to balance its push for rights and democracy with other interests increasingly tricky.

Oct 29, 2012

Labour increases pressure on Cameron before EU talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour party piled pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday by pushing for an even tougher line on the European Union budget than that proposed by his Conservative Party.

Cameron is promising to take a tough line at what are shaping up to be fraught talks next month to agree the EU’s next seven-year budget in the face of growing anti-EU sentiment in Britain.

Oct 29, 2012

Opposition Labor increases pressure on Cameron before EU talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labor party piled pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday by pushing for an even tougher line on the European Union budget than that proposed by his ruling Conservative Party.

Cameron is promising to take a tough line at what are shaping up to be fraught talks next month to agree the EU’s next seven-year budget in the face of growing anti-EU sentiment in Britain.

Oct 26, 2012

EDF Energy hikes UK retail energy bills by 10.8 pct

LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – UK energy supplier EDF Energy
on Friday followed rivals’ price hikes, announcing a
rise in retail gas and electricity tariffs of 10.8 percent from
Dec. 7.

Like competitors Scottish Power, Centrica,
RWE npower and SSE, it blamed the increase on
higher wholesale and energy distribution costs and the costs of
government renewable and energy efficiency schemes.

Oct 24, 2012

Confidence in Cameron slips as gaffes mount

LONDON (Reuters) – Confidence in Prime Minister David Cameron is slipping after the delayed resignation of a senior minister for swearing at a police officer added to a pile of gaffes damaging his Conservative Party.

Upstaged by the charismatic and popular mayor of London, Cameron can ill afford to appear bumbling at a time when restiveness within his own party is on the rise and a fight is brewing over Britain’s ties with Europe.

Oct 24, 2012

Confidence in Britain’s Cameron slips as gaffes mount

LONDON (Reuters) – Confidence in British Prime Minister David Cameron is slipping after the delayed resignation of a senior minister for swearing at a police officer added to a pile of gaffes damaging his ruling Conservative Party.

Upstaged by the charismatic and popular mayor of London, Cameron can ill afford to appear bumbling at a time when restiveness within his own party is on the rise and a fight is brewing over Britain’s ties with Europe.

Oct 22, 2012

British bellwether vote points to Conservative defeat

CORBY, England (Reuters) – A young man thrusts his fist in the air outside a crowded unemployment office in the working-class English town of Corby: “White power. We’re victims in our own country. Get the foreigners out,” he shouted, before joining the queue inside.

Outside, huddled jobseekers shared a cigarette.

“The Conservatives are crap, get them out,” said unemployed Debbie Smith, 46. “They’ve put everyone in debt. They’re just interested in making the rich richer.”

Oct 17, 2012

UK’s Cameron ducks question on Murdoch executive emails

LONDON (Reuters) – David Cameron’s friendship with Rupert Murdoch’s former British newspaper chief was thrust back into the spotlight on Wednesday when the prime minister refused to answer a question about potentially embarrassing emails between his office and Rebekah Brooks.

Cameron’s friendship with Brooks, who has been charged in connection with a phone hacking scandal at one of Murdoch’s papers, has already been a source of embarrassment, both politically and personally, for the prime minister.

Oct 14, 2012

Thousands of British troops to quit Afghanistan in 2013

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan next year, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday, as pressure mounts to end British involvement in the costly and unpopular war.

More than 430 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led intervention in 2001, yet stability remains elusive and violence high, while relations between Western troops and Afghan forces and civilians are increasingly frayed.